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Zuma and apartheid: The excuse with a thousand faces

President’s pragmatism extends even to apartheid, writes Gareth van Onselen

Bashir issue is one of being African

Thami Mazwai promo

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's arrest and surrender to International Criminal Court would have made SA the polecat of Africa, writes Thami Mazwai

THE INSIDER: Media work productivity not a pressing matter

factory worker XXX  Picture: THINKSTOCK

Productivity SA’s latest press release (if the Press Releases button on its website is the place where this stuff is stored) dates back to 2013

Athens teaches world about democracy, again

Steven Friedman

The first principle of negotiation is that negotiators should speak for those they represent, writes Steven Friedman

EU’s punitive approach to Greece is unfathomable

Joseph Stiglitz promo

Bickering and acrimony between Greece and the EU is about power and democracy much more than money and economics, writes Joseph Stiglitz

STREET DOGS: Just like before

Michel Pireu: Steen Jakobsen, chief economist at Saxo Bank, says taking a six-month holiday from the market looks like good advice

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Black social capital should not be wasted

Nomalanga Mkhize

Black professionals should maximise use of their political networks, insight into the lives of the majority, and affirmative action and black economic empowerment, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

Diversify in small global bets

Theo Kocken, professor of risk management at VU University Amsterdam, tells Michel Pireu: ‘We need to adjust our economic policies to better reflect human nature’

THE INSIDER: Courting disaster while lost in irony

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies briefs media regarding plans to improve trade ties between South Africa-Japan, on Friday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Promises of compensation by Rob Davies may prompt investors to wonder if the government would even bother to respect a court ruling that holdings were unlawfully expropriated

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Rand’s slump no joke, so drive that bargain now

It’s rather wonderful to know that the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe engines, with their extraordinary tolerances and advancement, are assembled by humans because they just do it better, writes Alexander Parker

Time for COPE and the UDM to join the DA

Congress of the People, United Democratic Movement could achieve more as part of Democratic Alliance than they ever will outside it, writes Gareth van Onselen

UNEMBARGOED: Marikana symbolic of a wider labour dilemma

There are no straight lines of culpability: the knot of executive and mining companies’ responsibilities and obligations to migrant workers must still be undone, writes Songezo Zibi

ON WORK: Obsession is overstepping the mark — you can count on it

Lucy Kellaway promo

The dismal narcissism of executive step counters, writes Lucy Kellaway

STRAIGHT TALK: No peace with all this weaponry

Mark Barnes promo

There is no clear difference between ‘defence’ and ‘attack’ expenditure, and figures for the latter, writes Mark Barnes

Meyer pulls a couple of shock omissions, but don’t hold your breath


Heyneke Meyer’s squad is consistent with his selections in the three years of coaching the Boks, but it’s not the World Cup 31, writes Mark Keohane

TWEET OF THE WEEK: ANC’s Bashir behaviour entirely consistent

John Steenhuisen’s tweet invokes the ANC’s pandering to Indonesian dictator Suharto and Libyan despot Muammar Gaddafi, writes Gareth van Onselen

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: China a hard hand for SA to hold on to

Peter Bruce promo

Peter Bruce: Tito Mboweni is tweeting what much of the ANC’s middle-class base is thinking: what idiot let Bashir into SA in the first place?

THE INSIDER: Is it OK to lie or have you forgotten your age?


Legendary store OK Bazaars brand would be 88 without the name change

Pre-budget dialogue could avert wage wars

Mzukisi Qobo promo

Government’s failure to do the right thing during talks reflects an absence of trust in the negotiating process, writes Mzukisi Qobo

HALF ART: Sobering slice of our fragility

Sam Nhlengethwa’s Marikana March points to a sardonic dismissal of the very notion that we have been living ‘in the time of democracy’. Picture: SUPPLIED

Democracy in SA, the subtitle seems to imply, is a temporary thing, writes Chris Thurman

LAW MATTERS: Dreading the slippery slope

South Africans tend to see every bad thing that happens as a possible tipping point that could turn us into a banana republic, writes Franny Rabkin

Inspired by creative ideas that alter lives


Two great projects show that ideas demonstrate the power creativity has to change the world’s wrongs, writes Suhana Gordhan

STREET DOGS: Poor decisions

Nine factors that lead to poor decision making, writes Michel Pireu

Some firms have outgrown the empowerment label

Tectonic plates are shifting in the black economic empowerment space, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

STREET DOGS: Boom Bust Boom

Michel Pireu: A film that proposes the simple idea that we should adapt economics to human nature

Rusty Proteas far from a certain bet in Bangladesh


The Proteas have a history of stuttering starts on tour in the past decade — all because of rust, writes Neil Manthorp

ON THE WATER: Banking on exclusivity may strand school kids


Parents must be allowed to make decisions on conflicting rights without interference from the state, writes Neels Blom

Remembering Maya Angelou

African-American writer, poet, singer and actress Maya Angelou smashed the myth of a lack of broad interest in black female autobiography, writes Adekeye Adebajo

National minimum wage for SA belongs in cloud cuckoo land

At the very least, when unemployment among nonstudent youth aged 15-24 is running at 63%, prudence and caution are important to avoid more barriers to job creation, writes John Kane-Berman

Marikana report: It’s up to organised citizen groups to take it further now

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa briefs the media on the new e-tolls dispensation on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS

Change at the SAPS is essential as it must become a force for peace that learns from its mistakes, writes Steven Friedman

ON THE MONEY: BEE deals beneficial, but be careful

Stuart Theobald promo

American and European monetary policy makers are largely to thank for the R317bn in black wealth creation in SA, writes Stuart Theobald

‘Enemy within’ allows real issues to escape scrutiny

Mandate of the police is not vengeance — it is to investigate and bring those responsible to book, writes Natasha Marrian

Young South Africans harbour new thoughts

Poor youth bitter over South African exiled elite who have come home to make money, writes Jonny Steinberg

STREET DOGS: Not rational

Michel Pireu: How do we carry on making decisions once we’ve acknowledged that we’re not rational?

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Head off the beaten track to find the Cape’s premium chenin blancs

Michael Fridjhon promo

From the perspective of a wine tourist, Cape Town is pretty much unique, writes Michael Fridjhon

Disarray at Eskom is a shocker

Result of chaos at Eskom is that no one knows for sure where the money is going and where it can be saved, writes Bronwyn Nortje

Beginner’s guide to investing on the JSE


Cheap, easy sector, geographic diversification offered by exchange-traded products is preferable to individual company shares, writes Robert Laing

THE INSIDER: Sledging at work leads to Australian’s dismissal


Firing someone for breaching safety is one thing and is fair enough, but chucking someone out for having a robust exchange of views is quite another

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: Too soon to panic? I’m hoping against hope it is

Dave Marrs promo

Echoes of the ’80s resurrect fear SA’s current trajectory will take us to a bad end unless something drastic happens to change direction, writes Dave Marrs

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